Due to the favourable epidemiological situation and the fact that being on a boat is a kind of isolation in itself, the interest for sailing in Croatia is growing. According to the information that we have been receiving daily, the communication between boat owners, marinas and charter companies in Croatia has intensified and we can expect first arrivals (boat owners and members of their household) as early as this weekend.

Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia

Regarding the application of the Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette No. 32/20 and 48/20), and the Decision on amendments to the same decision of 9 May 2020, following previously published recommendations by Croatian Institute of Public Health, we provide additional clarifications and instructions:

Crossing the state border of Croatian and foreign seafarers

  1. Croatian seafarers who return to the Republic of Croatia after landing in any country of the world no longer have to implement a measure of self-isolation.
  2. The latest amendments enable the embarkation of all foreign nationals on ships of the merchant navy and yachts that are moored, in storage or at rest in the Republic of Croatia.
  3. Foreign nationals, crew members after boarding a ship or yacht also do not have to carry out a self-isolation measure on that vessel.
  4. Foreign nationals who are crew members of the ships and yachts already moored in the ports of the Republic of Croatia shall be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia in accordance with the regulations governing the performance of state border control.
  5. Maritime agents, who, after landing in the Republic of Croatia, organize the return of seafarers from third countries to their homeland, are recommended to provide in advance the visa with a longer duration. When organizing travel, they are obliged to take into account possible restrictions in all transit countries so that the return is done in the shortest possible time.

Arrival of foreign nationals, owners of yachts and boats located in the Republic of Croatia

  1. This instruction applies to yachts and boats on which accommodation and multi-day stays are possible.
  2. Foreign nationals who own yachts and boats in the Republic of Croatia may cross the state border upon presentation of documentation proving the ownership of the vessel or documentation proving that they are the user of the vessel (lease agreement or leasing agreement). Along with the documentation proving the ownership of the vessel, it is necessary to submit a berth contract and / or a certificate of the nautical tourism port that the vessel is at berth in that port.
  3. For vessels owned by a legal person, foreign nationals who prove that they are owners of a legal person or that they are responsible persons in a legal person shall be considered owners of vessels within the meaning of these instructions.
  4. In addition to the shipowner, members of his immediate family may also cross the state border. When, in addition to the owner, members of his immediate family will be on board, in addition to presenting the documents listed in point 2 above, it is necessary to present a completed Crew List of the yacht or personal boat attached to this instruction. To avoid unplanned crowds, marinas should confirm arrival at the time indicated on the form.

The arrival of other foreign nationals

  1. Renting a charter vessel, ie using the accommodation service on ships, yachts and boats is considered to be an important economic reason for coming to the Republic of Croatia. It is proved by presenting the Crew list issued by the charter company or the owner of the vessel. The status of the document “In preparation” is also allowed.
  2. For the arrival of representatives of foreign recognized organizations (Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, DNV GL; RINA…) in Croatian shipyards and ports in order to extend the validity of existing or issue new certificates to ships and yachts must present an invitation from the Croatian shipyard, owner or a ship’s agent.

Entry and navigation in the Republic of Croatia

  1. The entry of foreign boats and yachts with a hull length of fewer than 24 meters into the Republic of Croatia is still prohibited.
  2. Ships entering the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of disembarkation (temporary standstill) in Croatian ports shall be allowed to enter only if there are about 40-50 crew members on board during the largest part of the approved period of stay.

Upon entering the Republic of Croatia, all Croatian and foreign citizens are obliged to follow the general and special Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for Croatian and foreign citizens who cross the state border and enter the Republic of Croatia from May 9, 2020.

More information on coronavirus disease and measures to reduce the risk of spreading the disease can be found on the CNIPH website https://www.hzjz.hr/sluzba-epidemiologija-zarazne-bolesti/koronavirus-najnovije-preporuke/ or in contact with selected a physician and a territorially competent epidemiologist.

  1. Navigation on all ships, yachts and boats is permitted in the Republic of Croatia
  2. While moored in ports open to public traffic and nautical tourism ports, it is necessary to prevent the migration of guests and crew members from one vessel to another.

Upon entering the Republic of Croatia, all Croatian and foreign citizens are obliged to follow the general and special Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

We count on the client’s courtesy that they will not attend to travel in case they have high body temperature or respiratory issues, that can be symptoms of the virus infection.

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

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